Submissions – 2016

With each CIIC unconference, further wicked problems submitted by participants are added to the list:

I’m passionate about information overload management. Making information interactive would be my dream. I’ve already worked out methods to perform word sense disambiguation (WSD) using neural networks. This solves problems in information retrieval (IR) by making information more relevant in targeted searching. I am now investigating how to better present / store information to help people “wade” through it.

– Peter de Vocht


In the domains of health informatics and clinical decision support systems there is a lack of quality assessment of extracted knowledge for clinical decision making.

There are two questions: 1. Can clinical decision support systems (CDSS) cope with rare or unusually presenting diagnoses?  2. How to make sure that the knowledge provided by CDSS is reliable? The knowledge used in clinical decision support systems must be both up to date and relevant for the cases that are being presented to it. However, finding the latest accurate clinical knowledge to support clinical decision making is difficult, because knowledge is changing rapidly, and it might be located in many different repositories in different formats. Additionally, the range of knowledge required in a particular case may be very wide, especially when dealing with multiple co-morbidities.

– Seyedjamal Zolhavarieh


How do we mobilise and align NZ’s policy, research, healthcare and commercial capabilities to deliver world-leading health outcomes, generate substantial economic returns, and attract, develop and retain talent?  (First step: simplify problem statement.)

George Arnold


Design and development of tools for effective self-care: With increasing numbers of people dealing with health issues that don’t go away, e.g. diabetes, we need to find innovative ways to help them keep as healthy and independent as possible. How do we engage people in self-care that is effective, and what are the tools that we can use to keep them engaged? Monitoring and education tools are good, but surely there are other tools we can develop to solve this problem of people needing supervision, coaching and clinical guidance from doctors and nurses who are already overworked and only accessible for short consultations.

– Dr Karen Day


How to establish drivers of system performance that mainstreams cross sector collaboration (central, local, Iwi, business) and governance that leads to systemic solutions. I can provide specific examples to work on from the environmental or public sector perspective if you want specifics. As an executive I found how difficult it was to mobilise both the leadership capability and capacity needed to develop whole system solutions to NZ’s natural resource use. In particular the value of healthy ecosystems to agriculture and NZ’s brand internationally.  The drivers in the system mostly drive siloed solutions and adversarial behaviour – not because people are nasty but because they are in a system that rewards individual performance and ‘fixing’ things not developing with systemic solutions across sectors.

– Felicity Lawrence


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